Willis named president and c.e.o. of Cott Corp.
May 15, 2006
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
TORONTO — Brent Willis has been named president and chief executive officer of Cott Corp. effective May 16.
Mr. Willis, 45, was most recently zone president for InBev Asia Pacific, the world’s largest brewer by volume, with responsibility for more than 30 manufacturing facilities, over 15 joint ventures and more than 20,000 employees. His leadership led to significant growth in InBev’s Chinese business and stabilized market share in South Korea for the first time in more than a decade.
Previously, Mr. Willis was chief commercial officer and chief marketing and sales officer of InBev. In these positions, he was a key contributor to the company’s growth with superior brand, sales and innovation execution as well as successful turnarounds in numerous markets. He was also a key architect of InBev’s strategy that helped transform the company into a consumer-centric, commercially driven organization that experienced share price appreciation of more than 100% in three years.
Mr. Willis received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.